Reports reveals surprising solo travel stats

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Baby boomers are more likely to head off on a solo adventure than any other generation, says the results of the Solo Travel Trends 2018 survey.

The survey of over 10,000 respondents found that western solo travellers, deemed as those from Australia, the USA and the UK, were most likely to be baby boomers (39 per cent), followed by generation X-ers (24 per cent) and millennials and gen-Zers.

Commissioned by online travel agent Agoda and conducted by market research and data analytics firm YouGov, the survey also uncovered stark differences between eastern and western travellers.

Asian solo traveller trends were reversed, with those travelling alone more likely to be younger – 41 per cent millennials and 38 per cent Generation Zers.

Western solo tourists are also more likely to travel for longer periods, with 34 per cent taking trips for four to seven nights, and were twice as likely as eastern travellers to head off for 14 nights or more.

The number one motivation for solo leisure travellers was relaxation, with 61 per cent of respondents looking to escape long working hours, constant digital contact and life pressures to unwind on a trip away, alone.

Over half of all solo travellers also aim to get away from routine and 45 per cent wish to experience new cultures.

While many solo travellers say they want to escape digital contact, many said they use devices more when travelling alone than they would with a partner.

Solo leisure travellers admitted to spending 15 per cent more time on devices and phones than they would travelling with a buddy; and 26 per cent more time than if they are with family.

As to the destinations western solo travellers are choosing, London comes out on top, followed by Tokyo, Sydney, New York, Bangkok, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Singapore and Paris.


Have you travelled alone? How did you overcome loneliness? Did you find it easier to immerse yourself in a culture or more difficult? How much time did you spend on your device?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader who loves words. You'll often find him spending time in galleries, writing, designing, painting, drawing, or photographing and documenting street art. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t?



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    In October and November last yearI travelled to Scotland for 4 wonderful weeks on a solo freedom trip of a lifetime. As a 72 yr old woman, I found the experience to be one of my most memorable holidays. I had to rely on myself to get from A to B, catch trains on time, locate my accommodation, organise day trips etc. I took photos on my tablet and posted pics on fb for family and friends to enjoy my adventures. As it would start to get dark about 4.30 5pm it meant goig out in the dark tò have dinner but I never felt nervous or intimadated, nor did I get lonely. I could have stayed forever. One thing I find as a solo in group travel, I always seem to get asked to take photos of others and by the time I do that, everyone has moved on and I am left to do my own photos !! One day I might learn to say “can you take mine first”…

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    Bravery depends on if you drink the water or not.

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    I have been travelling for the last 7 years, and on only three trips in that time did I have a travel companion. I have been to Europe, Canada, Alaska, USA, UK, Germany, Sicily, Malta on my own. I have found the hotels very accommodating and give very good information on where to go and where not to go. I have never felt threatened at any time. I have also booked tours and enjoyed some company when I feel like it and also get a better idea of what I am seeing culturally wise. I do agree regarding taking photo’s for others, I now just go up and ask and offer my services in return. On my last trip (tour) one lady always asked if I would like a photo, which was really nice. I am turning 77 at Christmas, and I am planning my next trip, either Japan or a cruise from Amsterdam to Prague, on my own if I cannot get a friend to join me. I never feel daunted at the fact that I am a solo traveler, my only gripe with that is the extra 30% we have to pay because we are single travelers when on tours.

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